“It’s Not the First Time”: Gael Monfils Defends Dancing Moves After Receiving Warning Against John Isner

Published 08/13/2021, 11:59 PM EDT
Aug 12, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Gael Monfils of France returns a ball to Frances Tiafoe of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports


Power-packed tennis action continues to treat fans, courtesy of some breathtaking entertainment. Down to our television sets all the way from Canada, the National Bank Open has been nothing less than a fun-filled tournament so far. Even as the competition edges closer to its final days, players grace the courts with their antics and dynamics. In particular, Gael Monfils was the star of the show at his quarter-final outing against John Isner.

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The French international, Gael Monfils, is famous for his charismatic personality on-court. Returning from a splendid break, he took on America’s John Isner, for a place in the semi-finals.

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His performance might not have been the best, but despite losing breakpoints, he won hearts with his break-dance. Although, not everyone was a fan, as drama came following, courtesy of his moves.

When his actions were objected, Monfils pointed out, “It’s not the first time he’s seen me doing that.”

Gael Monfils says he was not disrespectful

The quarter-final clash between the two giants had just about everything. The entertainer in Monfils was at display in its truest form. However, while fans upheld his antics, the chair umpire wasn’t having any of it.

Monfils was seen dancing during Isner’s serve. Although light-hearted, he was handed a penalty for the same. The French professional was in utter disbelief over the decision of the umpire. He said, “I play for pleasure. I play for the fans. I was not disrespectful.” 

Naturally, the 34-year-old lost all composure over the umpire’s decision. Taking a break, he further went on to call his physio. Hence, it was clear that the Frenchman needed some time to cool off as he struggled to process the penalty.

His disagreement showed as a dip in his form, as he bowed out of the tournament, eventually.

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A disappointing evening for Gael

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Throughout the tournament, Gael played in sublime touch, looking at his reasonable best. He paved his way to the quarters, courtesy of some epic displays, entertaining the crowd with this unorthodox tennis. However, he failed to replicate the same form against his American counterpart, with the umpire not making it easy for him.

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Gael lost the match in straight sets, failing to progress into the semis. Regardless, his fine display of tennis will be remembered by Canadian fans for a long time. Watching the unorthodox player back in action was like a breath of fresh air. What did you make of Monfils’ quarterfinal in Canada?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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